Title: Franklin chronicle
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Language: English
Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: November 1, 1996
Copyright Date: 1996
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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Published Every Other Friday

franklin Chronicle

Volume 5, Number 22


November 1 14, 1996

Dedication at Veteran's Park

33rd Florida Seafood Festival



Commissioner Wesley "Buz" Putnal addresses audience
members at dedication for Freedom Fountain

Residents gathered at Veteran's
Park in Carrabelle on October 30
to dedicate the recently con-
structed Freedom Fountain for
military veterans.
Sea Oats Garden Club member Jo
Woods served as mistress of cer-
emonies for the dedication. For
the event's invocation, Carrabelle
students' from the third and
eighth grade classes of Pam
Schaffer and Pam Watford sang
"God Bless America."
Guest speaker and city commis-
sioner Wesley 'Buz' Putnal told
audience members that veterans
did not receive the due credit and
acknowledgment that they de-
served for their service. He
thanked the Sea Oats Garden
Club for their efforts to create the
Freedom Fountain.
Mayor Charles Millender also of-
fered a brief comment to those
assembled. He stated that he
would confer with law enforce-
ment officers to determine who
had placed soap suds in the foun-
tain earlier in the week.
World War II veteran Ernest Gay
told audience members that sev-
eral close friends of his gave their
lives to their country through mili-
tary service. Responding to the
newly dedicated fountain, Gay
expressed, 'They would be deeply
moved and very, very happy with
the people of their hometown for
this." He concluded, "I have a

strange feeling that they are with
us today."
World War II and Korean veteran
Sam Neel pointed out that the
community had worked diligently
to create the Freedom Fountain.
He urged community members to
work together to preserve the
Vietnam veteran Bill Lindsey
stated that he would help to wa-
ter the park and clean around the
fountain as long as he was able
to do so. He thanked community
members for their support of the
dedicated fountain.
Gulf War veteran David Butler
gave tribute to all those who had
previously served their country.
He stated that the area's youth
needed to be educated as to the
importance of the newly dedicated
fountain. He pointed out that the
Freedom Fountain was created to
honor all veterans and should be
treated with respect.
At the conclusion of the cer-
emony, Cathy Rutherford sang
"Battle Hymn of the Republic."
Several community members
were recognized at the event for
their assistance in creating the
fountain. Some of those individu-
als recognized included Keith
Mock, Tex Spradlin, David Wil-
son, Herbert Mock and Sgt. Cook
and Lt. Summerhill of the Frank-
lin Work Camp.

Carrabelle kindergarten students sing haunting melodies
to senior citizens

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Carrabelle Senior Jewel
Lively rewards the young
Halloween crooner with a

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Good Time

at the Senior


The Franklin County Senior Citi-
zens Center in Carrabelle was vis-
ited on October 30 by 36 young
Halloween crooning kindergarten
students from the classes of
Laura Sutton and Patty Dempsey.
Senior residents throughout the
county gathered at the center in
Carrabelle and were entertained
for nearly 30 minutes with an as-
sortment of Halloween tunes from
the kindergarten students. The
students sang such haunting
harmonies as "This Old Ghost,"
"I'm a Little Spider," '"Three Black
Cats" and "There Once Was a
While singing the spider song, the
children used their hands to imi-
tate the creeping movement of a
scary spider. While singing the
ghost song, the children sang
softly with ghostly whispers
throughout much of the song and
ended the finale with a loud "Boo!"
One young girl laughed at the end
of the ghost song and asked the
senior residents if they were
scared by the song.
At the very end, the kindergarten
students greeted each of the se-
niors with a'warm hug. Franklin
County Senior Citizens Center
Director Cheryl Connaway noted,
"I thought this was really excit-
ing." She continued, '"The seniors
responded with open arms. It
probably brought a tear to some
of their eyes."
Senior Levenia Nail from Carra-
belle responded, "I think it was
nice. I liked the kids and the
songs. They were real nice kids."
Fellow Carrabelle resident Jewel
Lively added, "I loved it very
much. I love children. I think they
did a very good job. I got into it all
the way." Sadie Washington from
Apalachicola responded, "It was
fine. It was so nice to be here."
Fellow Apalachicola resident
Marie Days added, "I- enjoyed it. I
really enjoyed the little children."
She jokingly concluded, "It got
kind of scary there for a little bit."

Humane Society

Outraged over

Incident at

Carrabelle High


Members from the Franklin
County Humane Society have ex-
pressed outrage over a recent in-
cident that occurred during a pep
rally at Carrabelle High School.
On October 18, Carrabelle and
Apalachicola High School met for
a rival match on the gridiron. Ear-
lier that day, a pep rally was con-
ducted at Carrabelle High School
to show support for the school
football team. During the course
of the pep rally, one of the Carra-
belle coaches allegedly held up a
dead, black colored feline by the
tail in front the entire student
population. Included in those pep
rally onlookers were elementary
school students.
According to several sources, Car-
rabelle High School traditionally
receives a package with taunting
contents on the day that the
school faces its local rival. Some
sources indicate that the pack-
ages have been sent from the ri-
val school, while others believe
that the packaged pranks have
been planned internally. Previous
"gifts" have included black colored
flowers and wreaths.
Carrabelle High School Senior
Kristin Bell expressed disgust
over the entire incident. "It made
me sick," said Bell. She con-
cluded, "I'm one of those animal
rights people." Ms. Bell stated that
the dead feline had a hole in its'
head from a believed bullet
wound. She said that, following
the event, many students went to
observe the box that held the fe-
line. Ms. Bell said that the inside
of the box was covered with blood.
The coach, noted Bell, seemed to
be surprised when he lifted the
feline uo before the student Doou-
lation. She felt that the noted
coach was not aware that feline
was real. Another student also
agreed that the coach was not
aware that the feline was authen-
tic. According to Ms. Bell, most of
the student population reacted
quite negatively to the incident.
Carrabelle High School Principal
Clayton Wooten was contacted by
the Franklin Chronicle for a com-
ment on the alleged incident. Mr.
Wooten stated that it had not been
determined whether the feline
was, in fact, authentic. When

The time is now, November 1-3, 1996, for the State's oldest maritime
and seafood spectacle at Battery Park in historic Apalachicola. King
Retsyo, son of Neptune, guardian of inland waters, bays and estuar-
ies, welcomes you to the bountiful celebration of the seafood industry
and Apalachicola Bay. This year the king is Tommy Ward, part owner
and operator of "Buddy Ward and Sons" Seafood and Trucking, Inc.,
located at 13 mile, west of Apalachicola. The King is joined by his
lovely Queen, Allison Elliott, as they both inaugurate the Festival at
5:30 p.m. Friday, November 1st.

The Key to the Map
Here is the key to the map reproduced above, and the key events over
the three day period.
Location A Blessing of the Fleet
Location B World's Greatest Seafood Booths
Location C Red Fish Run
Location D Community Center
Location E Oyster Eating and Shucking Contests
Location F Blue Crab Races
Location G Fireworks Over the Bay following Saturday Entertain-
Location H King Retsyo Ball, Ft. Coombs Armory
Location I Governor Stone Mooring

Schedule of Events
Friday, Nov. 1


Gates Open No Admission Charge
Musical Entertainment Chaz Mikel
Arrival King Retsyo & Miss Florida Seafood Aboard the
Governor Stone For Opening Ceremonies
Musical Entertainment Night Wing

Saturday, Nov. 2


Red Fish Run (Gibson Inn)
Gates Open $5 Admission (kids under 12 free)
Parade (Avenue E/Highway 98)
Arts/Crafts/Food Booths Open
Musical Entertainment Jason Byrd
Musical Entertainment Restless Waters
Oyster Shucking Contest/Oyster Eating Contest (follows
The Marshall Tucker Band Performs
Blue Crab Race
Blessing Of The Fleet Candlelight Service
Musical Entertainment The Redwood Band
King Retsyo Ball (Armory)

In addition to the musical entertainers, international juggling cham-
pion, Chuck Gunter and Pockets the Clown will perform.
Sunday, Nov. 3


Gates Open No Admission Charge
Elmer Rogers Presents Spiritual Singing Groups and
Individuals From Throughout Northeast Florida
Festival Officially Ends

questioned whether he had spo-
ken to the coach on the matter,
Wooten responded that he did not
want to discuss the matter. He
further commented that he did
not want the incident to receive
any publicity.
Superintendent C.T. Ponder and
Franklin County School Board
Chairperson Will Kendrick were
also contacted by the Franklin
Chronicle on the matter. Super-
intendent Ponder stated that the
alleged incident would be investi-
gated. It has yet to be determined
as to who sent the dead feline to

the school. However, according to
a source at Carrabelle High
School, it was indicated that the
incident was perpetrated by an
individual at the Carrabelle
Franklin County Humane Society
President Phyllis Fullmer referred
to the incident as "absolutely des-
picable." Ms. Fullmer noted, "they
certainly couldn't care about an
animal to do that. It's inhumane."
She continued, "The effect could
be detrimental on children. And
Continued on page 8

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Page 2 1 November 1996 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

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Carrabelle Workshop Focuses on

Crime Prevention & Youth Activities

The Carrabelle City Commission
met for a workshop on October 21
to discuss the possibility of form-
ing a neighborhood watch pro-
gram as well as creating more
activities for the area's youth.
Captain Don Hammock from the
Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
ment provided a brief summary
concerning the general structure
of a neighborhood watch program.
Captain Hammock provided each
commissioner with applications
for security patrol that have been
used for St. George Island's neigh-
borhood watch program.

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Don Hammock
Hammock noted that the watch
program on St. George Island has
been successful. He assured au-
dience members that Sheriff War-
ren Roddenberry would support
their plans to create such a pro-
gram. "He was all for it," rioted
Hammock, "and he said that he
would work with you any way that
he possibly could." Captain Ham-
mock applauded those Carrabelle
residents in attendance at the
workshop for their community
Residents in attendance ex-
pressed their frustration with the
increase of vandalism and bur-
glary to the area. They further
complained that the current sys-
tem of crime prevention did not
seem to be effective.
Bob Lolley stated that a neighbor-
hood watch program would not be
needed if law enforcement offic-
ers were more persistent in their
efforts to patrol the area. "I've got
a part time job at night," explained
Lolley, "and when I'm out on my
way from work going home, I see
the law sitting out here at the
bank shooting the bull."

Bob Lolley
Kathy Griswold noted that resi-
dents looked after one another in
the past, without having to cre-
ate a watch program. 'This used
to be a community watch commu-
nity without having to fill out a
piece of paper to have your home
checked," said Griswold. She con-
tinued, "people helped each other
and it did make the law
enforcement's job a lot easier be-
cause your neighbor was helping
your neighbor." Griswold com-
mented that, at present, residents
have become reluctant to report
criminal activities that they have
witnessed. "We are not working
together as a community with
each other," she concluded.
Metin Yur commented that police
officers could not be everywhere.
He said that residents needed to
work with the officers to help pre-
vent crime. Mr. Yur stated that,
in regard to crime prevention, one
of the biggest problems was that
residents would not report crimes
that may implicate family or
friends. "The biggest problem is
that we shut our eyes when some-
thing happens," noted Yur. He
encouraged individuals to moni-
tor crime prone areas with video
cameras in order to help reduce
crime within the city.

Ken Arbuckle

Ken Arbuckle, Commander of the
American Legion Post 82 in
Lanark Village, complained that
the legion building had been vic-
timized by five burglaries and one
case of vandalism in the past year.

"I don't know about the rest of you
people," said Arbuckle, "but we
can not stand it. We cannot af-
ford this." He claimed that law
enforcement in the area failed to
put the fear of committing crimes
in the hearts of the would-be
criminal. "If your not scared of
them, then they're (law enforce-
ment) not effective," said

Buddy Shiver
Sheriffs candidate Deputy Buddy
Shiver encouraged residents to
cooperate with law enforcement
officers when then obtained
knowledge of a crime. "If the pub-
lic, when they know that a crime
has been committed and they
know that we want somebody, all
they've got to do is pick up the
phone and we can come and get
them," said Shiver.
Andrea Waller told commission-
ers that her home had been bro-
ken into several times. She said
that several local youths had been
arrested in connection to the
noted offense. Ms. Waller com-
plained that the youths were re-
leased shortly after their arrest by
the county judge. She urged
board members to consider enact-
ing a city curfew. "We have too
many children here," expressed
Waller. She also suggested that
the city build a boot camp tor such
youthful offenders. "If they get
into trouble," said Waller, "then
they're gonna need to pay for it."
Buddy Shiver suggested that a
city curfew would not be entirely
effective in preventing crime. "If
they turn them loose after the
third and fourth time for break-
ing and entering," said Shiver,
"what do you think they're gonna
do if they break the curfew?"
Deputy Shiver later conceded that
a curfew would be a good idea.
He said that juvenile crime was a
county, rather than just a city
Two of the city's youths protested
the enactment of curfew. They
argued that a curfew would pun-
ish all of the city's youths:for the
actions of a few who violated the

Jarod Millender
Jarod Millender argued, "I don't
think we should blame everything
on the kids, because it's not us."
He continued, "I don't think we
should punish the good people for
what bad people are doing wrong."
Terri Cone referred to herself as a
"typical teenager." She explained
that a curfew would be futile in
preventing kids from "hanging
out" at night. Cone noted, "I know
what goes on around here. There's
places where we hang out and I'm
just as guilty as the rest of them.
We'll hang out at these places and
cops come down and say, 'look
y'all need to go home. We've had
some complaints.' Well, we don't
go home. We just go to another
place. It's just a recycling thing."
Ms. Cone also complained that
the city offered little to the local
youth population by way of rec-
reational activities. She also noted
that little has been done to ease
the rate of crime to the area. Cone
said that, when officers have been
informed of criminal activities,
they have been reluctant to act on
the tips due to nepotism. "People
go tell the police and the police
say, 'well, that's my nephew or'
that's my sister's brother's son.

And there's nothing ever
Cone also dismissed the proba-
tionary program for youths known
as JASP as being largely ineffec-
tive. "They (kids) get some com-
munity service hours out of it
(JASP) and 60 hours ain't noth-
ing to a teenager...it ain't nothing,"
commented Cone. She suggested
that the arrested youths be re-
quired to perform community ser-
vice hours for those individuals
and businesses that they have
Blanche Cox suggested that the
issue of a curfew be enacted by a
referendum. Other residents com-
mented that a curfew was needed
to ensure the safety of the city's
youth. Tommy Loftin asked board
members to look into the legality
of placing only those youths on
probation on a year-long curfew.

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Blanche Cox
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commissioners as far as a
a city curfew. The boa
failed to form a steering
tee for a neighborhood wa
gram at their workshop. I
applications for security
volunteers were disser
among audience member
edition, residents interests
community watch progr
obtained security patrol
tion at the Carrabelle Cit
As the meeting shifted
discussion of possible y
tivities, a large group of a
members walked out of tl
ing. Terri Cone que
whether those exiting r
were truly concerned v
youth of Carrabelle. "Ev
was so concerned about
ing something to do and
dalizing stuff," express
"there was a whole group
here and they were right
help and then they disap
Commissioner Wesley 'B
nal stated that the cou:
vided the city of Carrabe
approximately $6,600 fo
national activities. He no
the city also provided $3
such purposes.
Gary Millender suggest
one cent sales tax be en
raise funds for recreation
poses. Commissioner Put
that'such a tax needed t
acted county-wide. "I ag
you. I'd love to do it," said
Bob Lolley expressed an
in having a bowling alle
county. He suggested tha
vey be disseminated thr
the school to determine v
primary interests of th
population. Andrew Rut
offered to help distribu
questionnaires. Other
national suggestions inc
skating rink, a skateboa
qnd game rooms. For tl
part, Commissioner
pointed out that fund
such items remained tl
At the request of a reside
missioner Putnal said tha
could probably ensure
local tennis court remain
ing part of the evening. '-T
a real expensive thing
Jarod Millender informed
members that he was pres

the student council. He said that
the council could probably con-
duct some fund raisers to raise
revenue for recreational activities.
Commissioner Wesley 'Buz' Put-
nal told audience members that,
when he was younger, there were
much fewer activities for the
youth. "If you think Carrabelle is
a poor community now," said Put-
nal, "you don't know what you're
talking about." He continued, "if
you had shoes, you were the elite."
He stated that the children in the
community needed to become
more responsible and less reliant
on their parents. "Kids aren't re-
sponsible for anything they seem
to do anymore," said Putnal.

School District
Accepts Bid
State Bank
The Franklin County School
Board voted 2-0 at their October
24 special meeting to accept a
loan bid from the Apalachicola
State Bank to satisfy the district's
payroll and to pay the vendors.
The board agreed to borrow
$460,000 from the said bank for
90 days at the rate of 4.85% with
interest payable on the outstand-
ing amount. Gulf State Bank had
offered to loan the same amount
of money at 4.7% plus one-fourth
percent loan origination fee. The
bid awarded to the Apalachicola
State Bank will cost the school
District $1,027.66, while the bid
submitted by the Gulf State Bank
would have cost the.district

SBoard members Willie Speed and
S Jimmy Gander voted in favor of
the bid. Chairperson Will
S Kendrick, who works for
S Apalachicola State Bank, ab-
Sstained. Members Katie McKnight
and Connie Roehr were not
present for the meeting.
Finance Officer John Rieman in-
dicated that $401,000 would
probably be needed on October 29
& 30 when the district will have
to satisfy the October payroll. He
noted that, on approximately No-
Svember 16, the school district will
have revenue to pay part of the
loan. Rieman said that the re-
maining portion of the loan could
be paid on approximately Novem-
le by city ber 26.
ird also In a October 2 letter of correspon-
commit- dence to the district superinten-
itchpro-' dent, Finance Officer John
However, Rieman noted that the October 31
y patrol payroll and early November bills
minated needed to paid. "We are at the time
rs. In ad- of the year when our cash bal-
ed in the ances are the lowest," explained
ram can Rieman. He further explained that
applica- the loan would be re-paid when
y Hall. the district received funds from
the tax collector. Rieman pointed
towards that borrowing money for such
south ac- reasons was authorized by Florida
he meet- Statutes 237.151. "This is the first
e stned time that the need to borrow has
residents occurred in many years," noted
vith the Rieman. He continued, "It is not
erbohdyh the first time that the General
haerybody fund has run short of cash-it
us van- happens each year during the first
ud Cone five to six months." Rieman ex-
f people plained that, in the previous
ready to years, the district had sufficient
rpear." cash in other fund accounts to
pear. borrow from and later re-pay
3uz' Put- when the local tax collections be-
nty pro- gan.
lle with In other board business:
3r recre-
ted that The board granted a request from
.,000 for the Franklin County Teacher's
Association to allow members
d that a from the local schools to partici-
acted to pate in a state-wide petition drive
nal pur- at each of the eight local precincts
tnal said on November 5. The purpose of
o be en- the petition drive will be to secure
ree with a referendum for 1998 which will
IPutnal. provide additional educational
interest funding for school districts. The
y in the referendum will provide a pre-lot-
at a sur- terry percentage of the general
,oughout budget to all school districts
what the throughout the state. If passed in
e youth 1998, the referendum will provide
therford approximately $850,000 to the
te tsuch Franklin County School District.

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The Franklin Chronicle 1 November 1996 Page 3

Editorial and Commentary

Fire Call on St. Geo; Hibatchi Grill

Cited as Cause

Saving the Lighthouse:

Some Additional


The survival of the lighthouse on Cape St. George, with its
eroded foundation and steadily increasing list to 7.5 degrees
seaward has been a matter of public concern for several
months. The Apalachicola Times consequently embarked on a
fund raising campaign to save the lighthouse, initially plan-
ning to somehow pull back the structure to a point where it
might be stabilized, perhaps even corrected. That plan has been
abandoned in favor of reestablishing the eroded foundation by
building a circular base of concrete and other elements to sim-
ply stabilize an erect structure in the present location. At
present, the structure is about in the middle of a 0.8 acre of
land belonging to the U. S. Coast Guard, with the front half
eroded by the encroaching sea.
The lighthouse was built in 1852, and is a 70 foot high conical
shaped masonry structure now listed in the Register of His-
toric Places. The structure is subject to continued erosion and
is in extremely poor condition according to engineers advising
the Coast Guard.
On October 10, 1996, the Coast Guard took another formal
step in the short history of the project, in two phases. They are
seeking comments about (1) a declaration of excess and
"outleasing" the structure to third parties and (2) eventually
recommending disposal of the property through the General
Services Administration. This is to be a "consultation" process
in the step to "dispose of the property either through-2- sale
or transfer to non-federal entity." The responses to (1) and (2)
are requested from any entity by December 9, 1996. In the
proposal to lease the property, for repair and maintenance of
the lighthouse itself, comments on that are already past due.
Under present plans, according to Woody Miley, director of the
Apalachicola Research Reserve, the re- establishing of the foun-
dation with substantial reinforcement in place is the cheapest
way to preserve the lighthouse even though the tower would
eventually be surrounded by water on its 0.8 acres of land but
the new foundation would preserve it.
The lease holder would not enjoy any special status as perma-
nent landowner but would compete with any other applicant
for permanent owner. As lease holder, the organization would
have to provide information as to the type and level of public
involvement of the property in the proposed preservation ef-
fort and subsequent use along with other strigent requirements
about historic preservation, public involvement, access, edu-
cation and enjoyment. In the meantime, if the structure falls
and is destroyed, the likely outcome would be to scoop up the
beach debris and ship it away, and all of the donated dollars
given to save the project would simply be carried off as well,
unless some insurance company would provide a policy to pro-
tect such an "investment" during preservation.
The cost of completely removing the lighthouse to another St.
George Island location would seem a possibility, barring high
costs, and minimal risk to the lighthause itself. Estimates have
been made from $250,000 to as high as $7,000,000 However,
if the structure could be moved intact and setup on another
part of St. George Island as a non-profit concession, with in-
terpretation center, a magnet to draw tourist and local interest
would be assured for the island and the county. The conces-
sion revenue might be contracted to pay for the move over,
say, a ten year period, supplemented by a marketing plan to
sell bou\eniers as in the case of the revival of the Fox Theater,
in Atlanta, or other historic structures. Of course, the Fox the-
ater was not subject to a move. Perhaps this is worth some
inquiry and county participation, and the beginning for this
appears to be in the Coast Guard's recent letter. Those inter-
ested should contact LCDR George Stephanos at USCG Civil
Engineering Unit, 15608 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, Florida
33177- 1630.
Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher



The Cape St. George
Lighthouse in better days.


Reprinted from "The Skim-
mer" published quarterly by
Florida Game and Fresh-
water Fish Commission.

Bats Get a

Bum Rap

By Susan Cerulean
All species of bats that live In
Florida are highly beneficial,
harmless to humans, and deserve
The southeastern batand Florida's
15 other bat species are the state's
major night-flying predators. They
feed on a long lst of annoying
bugs, including mosquitoes,
moths, beetles and other noctur-
nal pests. Each adult bat cap-
tures at least 400 or more insects
nightly, so a moderate-sized sum-
mer colony of 20,000 individuals
may consume eight million in-
sects per night!
Unfortunately, populations of
many bat species are disappear-
ing at an alarming rate and the
status of manyothers is unknown.
One of the major problems bats
face is a long and undeserved
.history of bad public relations.
Long-standing myths hold that
bats are blind, that they repro-
duce as fast as rodents, and that
they attack humans, or tangle
themselves in people's hair. This
is all untrue. Yet this misinforma-
tion continues to be passed along.
Although some species have bet-
ter vision than others, all bats
have eyes and can see. Bats are
not closely related to mice or other
rodents; most produce only one or
two young per year. Some Florida
species may live 20 years or more.
Bats are precision fliers and may
fly quite close to a person's head
to snatch a flying insect. But, they
have no desire to attack a human,
who is many times their size, and
they would certainly avoid getting
caught in someone's hair. No
blood-sucking bats live in Florida.
Bats do have one bad trait: they,
like most mammals, can contract
rabies. Fortunately, only a very
.small percentage of all bats get
rabies. Those that do typically die
quickly and rarely transmit the
disease to other animals.
People are much more likely to be
bitten by rabid cats, dogs, foxes,
raccoons or skunks than by bats.
Nevertheless, anybatthat appears
sick or injured should not be

A fire broke out on the deck of a
St. George Plantation home early
Sunday morning, October 20,
1996 causing considerable dam-
age to the deck, ceiling rafters,
roof, and smoke damage through-
out the structure. Fire chief Jay
Abbott went to the door wearing
full gear including breathing pack
but plunged through the deck
while the fire was still growing. "I
'opened the outside door and the
next thing I knew I was on the
ground." He sustained heavy
bruises and strained muscles but
no broken bones. Twelve volun-
teer firemen responded to the
blaze located in.the second tier of
lots inside the Plantation on St.
George Island. Two fire trucks

'l A
were called out, along with the
First Responders and an ambu-
lance from Emerald Coast Hospi-
tal. Two persons who were sleep-
ing in the building at the time
were awakened by their smoke
alarm and escaped unharmed.
The building is owned by Fran
Bowers ofTallahassee. "From the
initial call to our arrival on site
and the extinguishing of the fire,
it was about fourteen minutes,"
Abbott said. The fire call occurred
at 4:15 a.m. At present, the cause
of the blaze has. centered on a
small Hibatchi grill containing hot
coals which were left smoldering
and presumably picked up by the
light breeze and spread across the

handled. Bites from bats or any
wild animal should receive prompt
medical attention.
Most Floridians never see bats,
even though these tiny mammals
live in our cities as well as rural
areas. Next time you're outside at
dusk, keep an eye out for tiny
silhouettes fluttering by against
the evening sky. You may catch a
glimpse of our best mosquito-
catchers and one of Florida'smost
fascinating animals.

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November 1, 1996

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Boy Scouts Tour "Big John"
Boy Scouts Tour "Big John"

By Assistant Scout Master
F.T. Williams
Boy Scouts from Franklin County
Troop 22 recently had the oppor-
tunity to visit Mayport Naval Air
Station (NAS), Florida and tour
the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy. The
U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, affec-
tionately known by all aboard as
"Big John" is a conventional pow-
ered aircraft carrier with a crew
of over 5,000 Marines and Navy
The scouts learned all about life
aboard a "floating city", and were
permitted to eat in one of the

ship's two dining facilities. "The
cuisine was excellent," com-
mented Boy Scout Kevin Maxwell,
who vociferously attacked the
salad bar. Other scouts were im-
pressed by the size and scale of
the ship and its flight deck. One
newcomer to Troop 22, Boy Scout
Robbie Smith from Apalachicola,
was heard to remark "Can you be-
lieve, one link in the anchor chain
weighs over 350 pounds!"
The three day trip to Mayport NAS
was organized by Scoutmaster
Larry Hale, who was assisted by
Assistant Scoutmasters Adam
Dahlman from Apalachicola and

Ollie Gunn from St. George Is-
land. The trip included camping
at a local park, touring military
aircraft, and even bowling at the
local bowling alley. "The best part
of the trip was being on the air-
craft carrier," remarked Boy Scout
Jeromy Shiver from Eastpoint.
"The Marines were pretty cool,
too. I liked the M-203 grenade
launcher that shoots bullets and
When asked to comment about
the trip, Scoutmaster Larry Hale
focused on the boys and the ben-
efits of scouting. "These young
men asked very intelligent ques-

Apalachicola Homecoming Parade

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I'm proud of them! It's clear to me
that this event will have a lasting
and positive influence on their fu-
ture." Scoutmaster Hale has been
the self-described "temporary
Scoutmaster" of Troop 22 lor over
17 years.
Troop 22 will be sponsoring a food
booth at the Seafood Festival and
all proceeds will help sponsor fu-
ture events for the youth of Fran-
klin County. If you know of a
young person interested in join-
ing the Troop or would like to vol-
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contact Larry Hale at 927-2282.

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Carrabelle High Gets Green


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assistance to the planting project
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Mark Ramsey and Dorrie Crozier.
The following third grade students
from Pam Schaffer's class partici-
pated in the planting project:
Haley Watford, Danielle Whiddon,
Adam Starkel, Lelon Gilbert,
Stella Pfirrman, Bert Rodriquez,
Joy Lattimore, Mary Nowling,
Josh Stevens, LeAnn Bell, Patrick
Paulk, Amanda Stevens, Alton
Shiver, Trey Cruse, Chenara
McKinney, C.J. Sutcliffe, Bo
Walden, Ronnie Joseph, Brandon

Poteet, Brandy Herndon, Larry
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The following eighth grade stu-
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Brown Elementary students in grades 4-6 get together for
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Students from Brown Elementary School dressed ip for
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Not Drugs/ Thrillers Not Killers." Red Ribbon Week began
on October 24 at Brown Elementary School with the theme,
"Red Headband or Bandanna Day." On October 25, the stu-
dents celebrated "Red Shirt Day." On October 30, students
wore red socks in observation of the theme, "Crazy Red
Socks Day." The week-long event concluded with a Char-
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Containing LP Gas
are Dangerous and
Driving in Florida with faulty air
conditioning can be an uncom-
fortable experience. But consum-
ers attempting to "recharge" their
automobile's air conditioning sys-
tem with certain unapproved and
banned refrigerants containing
LP gas could be endangering
themselves and others.
For many years, freon was the
approved refrigerant for use in
vehicle A/C systems. Consumers
could purchase cans of the gas
and recharge their car or truck air
conditioner using simple kits. But
in 1992, the sale of freon was re-
stricted due to environmental
concerns. Now, in most cases,
only individuals certified to prop-
erly handle freon can purchase
the gas.
Although authorized mechanics
and auto A/C technicians can still
buy existing supplies of freon for
use in older cars, the production
of the gas was halted in the United
States as of December 1995. With
the phase-out of freon has come
the emergence in the marketplace
of some unapproved or banned
replacement refrigerants. Some
of these replacements are com-
posed of liquefied petroleum
gases, such as isobutane, butane
and propane all extremely flam-
mable. Because of their combus-
tibility, leakage of these products
into the engine or passenger
compartment of a vehicle is
In 1993, Florida enacted laws
prohibiting the sale, use and
distribution of LP gas-based re-
frigerants for use in automobile
A/C systems. These products are
not approved by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency (EPA),
which has imposed a nationwide
ban on one of these products,
called OZ-12.
Although the labels on some re-
placement products being mar-
keted do not indicate they are in-
tended for use in auto A/C sys-
tems, the pressure specifications
listed are consistent with, and
could imply, such use. There is
also evidence that the product has
been sold to auto parts stores,
repair facilities, flea market ven-
dors and the public with verbal
representations that the product
is a new-generation, environmen-
tally safe, replacement for freon.
In some cases, the sales distribu-
tion method for the product re-
sembles pyramid-like marketing
strategies, where dealers recruit
other dealers.
The LP gas refrigerants can also
pose a threat to auto repair me-
chanics, especially those working
on A/C systems. Leak-detection
equipment used by some me-
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warns that contact with the skin
could produce frostbite.
Those with questions about LP
gas refrigerants may contact the
Department's Bureau of LP Gas
Inspections at (904) 921-8001.

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Chronicle Political Survey

Candidate Joyce Estes provided
her responses to the Franklin
Chronicle's previous survey in a
timely fashion. However at that
time. the Chronicle was unable to
print those responses. We now
make those survey questions and
answers available to the reader.

1. Do you believe that
Franklin County can be
developed without losing
the area's historic
significance and rural
charm or without affecting
the bay? Explain.

2. What types of industry do
you feel would help to
compliment the local
economy? Explain.

3. What three items within
the county's budget should
receive funding priority?

\ .,

4. Do you support a local
option tax on gasoline that
would be used to help
repair the county's roads?

5. What can be done to
support the area's
fishermen and the seafood
industry in general?

A A A iA A A i A A

1. Yes. We need to plan so that
we manage our growth and de-
velopment to protect our water
front charm and natural re-
sources. Whatever we do it is a
fact that the more people that
move here, they will have an
effect on the bay. We must plan
correctly and have the proper
infrastructure so that we can
have a minimum impact on our
natural resources and at the
same time protect individual
property rights.

2. We have industrial infra-
structure in place that can be
used to our advantage, the in-
tercoastal water way, the river
barge canal, two large airports,
a railroad and highways 98 and
65. Industrial parks are one
way to attract small industry
and a break in taxes for the
beginning years for a new busi-

3. Planning, roads and recre-
ation. The comprehensive plan
needs to be re-addressed be-
cause it is being revised each
year to accommodate develop-
inent. We need to be sure that
the infrastructure is in place
and the environment is pro-
tected before we keep amend-
ing the comprehensive plan for
development. The roads all over
the county are in horrible con-
dition. Recreation would in-
clude facilities, such as boat
ramps to facilities for the young
and old.

4. Yes. Before I would impose a
gas tax on our county, I would
have a 5 year plan in place to
show what the money would be
used for. We can't keep raising
taxes without a long range plan
and set goals to protect the
people's interest.

5. Looking at our budget, we fail
to hear over and over again the
cry of the seafood industry for
a person to help them when
they need help. I would like to
see a person in the county that
is qualified to work with the
state agencies and the seafood
industry to help solve problems
and promote the seafood indus-
try, a public relations person
that has knowledge of the in-


6. What ideas do you have to
reduce juvenile crime in
Franklin County?

7. What can be done to help
crack down on
environmental abuses (i.e.
littering and other illegal
dumping) in the county?

8. What are the three most
important issues or
problems that confront
the residents of Franklin
County? How would you
address these issues or
problems? For incumbent,
what have you done to
address these issues or

Over 250 participants of the food
distribution program known as
SHARE (Self Help and Resource
Exchange) made their way to the
Carrabelle United Methodist
SChurch on October 26 to take part
Sin the area's first distribution day
(D-Day) event.






No one aspect of a particular job .,
prepares an individual for ,i
management. A good administrator
must have a working knowledge of H"
each task that his employees must '
perform. In my years of law -
enforcement, I have been
confronted with every aspect of1 i l
criminal activity. If a deputy is in i .
need of advice, with my hands on V1 ,
experience, I will have working i
knowledge to assist him in
resolving the situation.

During my thirty-one years of
Military Service my responsibilities .. .
included administrative duties,
supervising personnel, and operating
financially within a governmental
budget. Just a note, before you VOTE
The forthcoming years,
I have always been receptive to the you hold in your hand
public and I will continue an OPEN I ask for your Vote,
For the most qualified mfan.
DOOR POLICY for everyone. his wife, Debbie

It is your responsibility as a voter in Franklin County to elect
the most qualified candidate for the office of Sheriff. Based on









my wider range of experience I feel I am that candidate.


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6. Our budget helps to fund the
Sheriff Department, court sys-
tem, the library and recreation.
I would make each agency ac-
countable through their bud-
gets. I they had not made an
impact on juvenile crime they
would have to be answerable
before a budget increase or re-
budgeted. Parents need to be
held responsible for their
children's actions and it is a
proven fact that community in-
volvement reduces crime.
7. This is a problem everywhere.
We must have strong fines and
strict enforcement to curb this
abuse. The citizens must take
responsibility to report to the
proper authorities if they see
illegal actions. The authorities
must enforce the law and
proper education can make a
long range difference.
8. Managing development and
growth, emergency manage-
ment, and protecting our natu-
ral resources. I have been here
for 20 years and it- seems that
we manage by a Band-aid ap-
proach. If we don't manage
growth and development it will
ave a devastating effect on the
bay, that is the backbone of our
county through seafood, fishing
and water recreation. The emer-
gency preparedness is a must
for the protection of the lives of
our citizens. Everything in this
county should be built around
protecting our natural re-
sources they must be protected.

Those volunteers who partici-
pated at the D-Day event included
Nancy Mack, Zeke & Myrt Corley,
Pat Mock, Rev. Mike & Audrey
Kelly, Audrey Messer, Merle
Brannan, Donnie & Sheryl Glass,
Shorty &Trish Messick, Myron &,
Dorothy Fish, Prentice & Joyce
Crum, Cecil & Kay Millender,
Mary Ann Shields, Diana Halyak,
Kurt Pilger, Sr., Cheryl Evans,
Beverly Morris, Mary McDonald,
Eileen Dembrowski, Roxie
Jurkovic, Minnie Fitzgerald,
Shirley Branna, Doris May,
Camile Wright, Thelma
Blomquist, David and Elizabeth
Demastus, Russell Cumbie and
Randy Poteet.
The next SHARE D-Day event will
be held on November 23 at the
Carrabelle United Methodist



by Jury

Defendant Patrick Bryant was
found Not Guilty for the charge of
Assault with a Deadly Weapon on
October 22 by a six member jury.
It took the jury only twenty min-
utes to acquit the defendant.
The defendant was accused of
threatening Latrina Byrd on July
27 with a firearm in the parking
lot of the Two Spot Lounge in Ap-
alachicola. Those individuals tes-
tifying for the prosecution in-
cluded Ms. Byrd, Darren Calloway
and Videll Bunyon. Clifford Jones
was the lone witness testifying for
the defense.
In regard to the swift jury deci-
sion, Assistant Public Defender
Kevin Steiger noted, "that told me
that they (the jury) totally disbe-
lieved Ms. Byrd."
Assistant State Attorney Frank
Williams concluded, "I was very
disappointed with the verdict." He
continued, "There was informa-
tion about the defendant that I
wish I could have explained to the
jury, but the law would not allow
it. We need to change the law."
The defendant did not testify at
the jury trial.
The defendant still has a charge
of Possession of a Weapon by a
Convicted Felon pending against
him. He will return to court
for that remaining charge on
November 15.

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to Immunize
Florida Education Commissioner
Frank T. Brogan joined with De-
partment of Health Secretary Dr.
James T. Howell in urging next
year's seventh graders to get prop-
erly immunized to ensure their
entry into class for the 1997-98
school year.
A new immunization standard
requires that all incoming seventh
graders receive a second dose of
measles vaccine, a hepatitis-B
vaccine series (three doses) and a
tetanus-diphtheria vaccine before
the fall of 1997.
"We know that healthy children
stay in school longer and are more
able to learn," Commissioner Bro-
gan said. By immunizing against
preventable diseases, we are not
only protecting our children's
lives, we are giving them a shot
at learning more and living
healthier lives."
Dr. Howell reinforced the impor-
tance of the new vaccine standard
for adolescents. "We've made great
strides over the years in protect-
ing our children with the use of
vaccines," he said. "Unfortu-
nately, thousands of children are
still threatened by
vaccine-preventable diseases. In
order to receive full immunization
against hepatitis B, which re-
quires a completion of a three-
dose series over six months, par-
ents and guardians must begin
the process now of immunizing
their children for the 1997-98
school year."
Specifically, the new school im-
munization requirements call for
completion of the hepatitis B vac-
cine series (three doses over a six-
month period), a second dose of
measles vaccine, and the tetanus-
diphtheria vaccine booster prior

to seventh grade entry and atten-
dance in the 1997-98 school year.
In addition, parents and guard-
ians with children entering kin-
dergarten in the 1998-99 school
year must have their children
complete the hepatitis-B vaccine
series prior to attending school.
The new school immunization re-
quirements are in addition to the
currently required immunization
requirements for diphtheria,
pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles,
mumps and rubella. The new re-
quirement is intended to fully
immunize children in all grades
by 2004-2005.
Local school districts are working
with county public health units
to identify current sixth grade stu-
dents affected by the new require-
ments, and to provide information
to their parents to enable them to
fulfill the requirement prior to the
start of the new school year.
Parents are urged to contact their
private physician to schedule an
appointment for their children
affected by the new school immu-
nization requirements, and to use
the visit to check the status of the
child's medical history to deter-
mine if other immunizations are
needed. Required immunizations
are covered under most health in-
surance policies.
Florida's Immunization Program
implemented the Vaccines for
Children program two'years ago.
The VFC program provides vac-
cines free of charge to private
health care providers for use in
immunizing children whose par-
ents cannot afford to pay for vac-
cines. Children eligible for free
vaccines are those without health
insurance, with insurance but
lacking coverage for immuniza-
tions, Native Americans, Alaskan
Natives, and children receiving
Medicaid. Approximately 4,000
private health care providers at
nearly 1,850 facilities in Florida
are enrolled in the VFC program.
In addition, vaccines are provided
free of charge at all county health
departments throughout Florida.

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Part of FSU Broadcast Center
The Jim and Biddie Kirk Collection of old radios, phonograph sys-
tems and TV sets is much more than a bunch of wooden boxes filled
with vacuum tubes and wires. Many who cast their eyes on the ra-
dios of their era came away with the personal recollections of their
favorite radio programs and times, as if they emerged from a time
tunnel. This might have been the 1946 Bendix table model or the
large 1936 Philco Console, but a mere glance at these old receivers
turned into a few minutes of pondering as the brain ran backwards
to the time when the family gathered around these boxes of lights
and wires to listen to network programs that could thrill listeners
through their imaginations, put listeners into convulsive laughter as
Fibber McGee's opened his hall closet, or listeners sat on the edge of
their seats hinged on every word of Inner Sanctum and the creeking
door. The collection of old radios, phonograph players, TV receivers
and yes, one classic Wultizwer 1938 juke box, was dedicated last
Thursday, October 24, 1996, for permanent display at Broadcast
Center at Florida State University.
The emotional impact of all those old but grandly structured radio
sets could be very strong depending on how much the electronic media
had been a part of your life and when. Now, you will be able to expe
rience those nostalgic and emotional moments at the Public Broad-
cast Center in Tallahassee, where nearly 300 of these devices will be
on permanent display. There are Edison phonographs with the cylin-
der recordings, a Westinghouse one-tube receiver (1922), an Atwater
Kent console (1929) and a hand crank Bell Telephone wall style (1898-
1908) to ponder. The modern era is represented too, ending with an
Emerson portable radio (1950).
"I;. ...I. ... "

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(Left) Mr. Kirk with his collector assistants, including wife
Biddie. (right) Jim Kirk
Jim Kirk began collecting the radio and TV "art" and technology,
embracing nearly a century of activity in recorded sound, after start-
ing his second job in broadcasting at WMOP, Ocala, Florida. He bought
the station ten years later and continued collecting with the help of
his wife, Biddie, and three staffers. Kirk ran the station until 1993.
He also served as Ocala's mayor for three terms.
"...Soon as I left here (FSU) and got ajob, I got my first radio, and just
started working with them, became fascinated with them," Kirk re-
called at the Broadcast Center, as dozens of Visitors came into
the atrium and looked over the huge collection of Kirk's sound
'To me, I'm looking at the radio from a character standpoint.
I don't know if you can understand that or not, but I look at
these designs...and think about the craftsmanship it took to
develop, especially the wooden ones...The love that somebody
had in their work...The electronics of radio, I've never under-
stood... I do know that the quality of those old speakers are
almost as good as the quality of today. It's interesting that
the speaker was round then, and still is...the boxes they put
em in still fascinate me as well...
(I found them)...in antique shops. Of course, there are radio
collector shows all over the country, and we've been to a lot
of 'em in the last 40 years... Once you qet started collecting,
people find you. So, I get calls every week..."

Christmas in

Apalachicola on

November 29th
The Historic Apalachicola Mer-
chants Association (HAMA) will
again sponsor Christmas in His-
toric Apalachicola on November
29 (the Friday following Thanks-
giving) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The
day long festivity will feature wan-
dering minstrels, Christmas car-
oling by various church choirs
and a beautiful candlelight walk
amongst the century old cotton
warehouses and buildings that
house nearly 30 unique gift and
artist galleries in this small
coastal hamlet.
This year's event will also feature
a lighted boat parade down the
Apalachicola River that will be
lead by Santa Claus arriving
aboard the Governor Stone, a 67-
foot National Historic Landmark
schooner. Upon his arrival along
Apalachicola's historic waterfront
(at the corner of Avenue E and
Water Street), Santa will help in
the city's traditional tree lighting
ceremonies as well as be available
with jolly grin and merry twinkle
to hear those Christmas requests.
This year's event will also feature
an art exhibit and show with a
portion of the sale proceeds to
benefit the historic 100-year-old
Philaco Women's Club.
Downtown merchants will be
hosting open house until 9 p.m.,
displaying their unusual and cre-
ative gift ideas and sponsoring
several drawings and giveaways.
Many restaurants will be featur-
ing special holiday treats and of-
fering promotions of their own.
Last year, area merchants raised
more than $2,500 to purchase
beautiful six-foot wreaths with
cascading ribbon to bedeck the
City streets. This year, lights will
be added to the wreaths and it is
expected that nearly 400 candle
luminaries will line the downtown
sidewalks that evening as wan-
dering minstrels and carolers
wind through the city lending an
aura of "Dickens" to this pictur-
esque coastal town.


The Atwater Kent receiver, circa 1920s, which helped de-
velop mass audience listening
Jim has been a booster for radio and FSU for a long time. He recalled:
I just liked (broadcasting) from the first time I heard it. I was
fascinated with it... It beat working' for a living, let me put it
that way... I liked the on-the-air stuff. I used to cut-up a lot
and have a lot of fun on the air...
I came along when, I suppose you would call "personality"
and "small town radio" came along. Prior to that it was strictly
the "top rated voice"...It became obvious after the Second
World War that radio was going to grow and grow fast... And,
then it became obvious that "personality" and "hometown"
radio would make it then...
"Even today, you can still do it, with the newspaper and the
little radio station, and there's still room."
Even the emotional strings pulled at the experience of FSU President,
Talbot D'Alemberte. He recalled in a videotape made for the Kirk cer-
emonies the "great radio programs he listened to as a youngster..."
The same emotions will likely go though visitor's minds as they look
at the collection, he concluded. The gift of the sound equipment to
Florida State University brings "a great elegance" to the school, the
President said.

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A crystal set which flamed the interest of amateurs who
sought out long distance listening through a portable yet
inexpensive receiver device, circa 1919-1922.



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Sand traditional


Janegale Boyd has been supported by over 500 individual contributors
and has been endorsed by the Gainesville Sun and The Ocala Star-Banner.
She has also been supported by or endorsed by 39 state and local associations
representing thousands of citizens in her district, including:
Florida Sheriffs Association for Good Government
Florida Teachers Association FTP-NEA
Florida Police Benevolent Association
Florida Nurses Association
Florida Correctional Officers PBA
Florida Firefighters Association IAFF

Stir-Banner (Ocala) It (g aun Urtit unn
"Boyd is acutely attuned to the district's voters., "Boyd is running on the need to reform the way the
especially in the area of health care, which she believes state spends its lottery dollars. She wants to continue
will be a pivotal issue. . Boyd is concerned about to case the regulatory burden on small businesses
the lack of industry and high un cmplov ment in the and find ways to stimulate economic development
district...A conservative by nature. she believes in the district. She will bring to the job a much-
government should be run as average taxpayers run needed vitality and creativity that has marked her
their personal budgets." quick rise in the health care industry."

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Too Cool For Drugs
Wearing hip clothes and cool shades, the students from
Elinor Mount-Simmons' class at Chapman Elementary
School show that they're "Too Cool For Drugs" on October
29 in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week
officially began in the schools on October 28. The theme
for the opening day of Red Ribbon Week was Stomp on
Drugs Days. Students wore large shoes or boots in accor-
dance with the opening theme. On October 30, the theme
was "Wear Red Day." Students wore red colored clothing
on that day in observance of Red Ribbon Week. On Octo-
ber 31, students wore funny, scary and silly costumes in
observance of the theme, "Say 'Boo' to Drugs Day."
Chapman Elementary School hosted a Red Ribbon Rally
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